FEASTY Selected to Compete in the 2016 PYMNTS Amazon Alexa Tech Challenge

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FEASTY joins 12 other handpicked companies, including Visa, Discover and Western Union

FEASTY, powered by Cincinnati-based Zipscene’s consumer dining data, has been selected as one of 13 companies nationwide to compete in the PYMNTS/Alexa Tech Challenge— a first-of-its-kind, five-week challenge created in partnership between PYMNTS and Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant. Over the next five weeks, the selected companies will develop and execute a prototype that uses Alexa to solve a problem, remove a point of friction or otherwise add value to the payments and commerce system. Other companies selected for and competing in the challenge include USAA, Vantiv, Visa, Discover, Western Union and more.

“FEASTY is honored to partner with ZipScene in Amazon's 2016 PYMNTS tech challenge,” said FEASTY founder Anthony Breen. “We are excited to show how our integrated solutions are empowering restaurants to provide easy to use, real time customer engagement through leading technology like Amazon Alexa.”

FEASTY and the other participating companies will get up close and personal consulting and coaching from Alexa’s Chief Developer Evangelist, Paul Cutsinger, on how to bring their new ideas to life. Teams will also receive feedback on value proposition, positioning, business models and monetization from Karen Webster, PYMNTS CEO.

“Based on the submissions I’ve seen, we are about to unleash a wave of voice-activated financial services innovation that could be game-changing,” said Webster.

The 13 teams will unveil their prototypes on June 2, and awards will be presented for
Most Innovative, Most Original, Most Creative Use of a Skill, Most Inspiring, Most Likely to Make Money and Most Likely to be Understood (and Used) by Your Mom. You can follow along throughout the five weeks to learn more and to see updates, photos and videos here.

FEASTY is the first app of its kind to connect hungry consumers with upscale fast-casual restaurants in real time. Using geo-location and time sensitive offers, FEASTY helps consumers make quick and easy dining decisions, while saving money. FEASTY is a free app, available on IOS, Android and Apple Watch. For more information, visit http://www.feastyapp.com, FEASTY App on Facebook, @feastyapp on Twitter, and feastyapp on Instagram.

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